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Rangers couldn't handle the truth

Sluggish bats, pitching among warning signs underachievers missed in collapse

Updated: October 7, 2012, 8:20 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington excused himself for a moment late Friday night to hug David Murphy.

A couple of minutes after Washington returned to his office, he gave Matt Harrison a hug and a handshake. Then Washington phoned his wife.

After their conversation, Washington took a long drag on a Winston Classic while staring at his cluttered desk.

"I never saw this coming," Washington said of the Rangers' end-of-the-season collapse.

"I thought we'd ...

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